20 | 09 | 2019

The European United Left/Nordic Green Left in the European Parliament condemns in the strongest possible terms attempts to use the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of the Second World War as an excuse for political point scoring and historical revisionism.

Through a proposed resolution under the title ‘The importance of European remembrance for the future of Europe’, an asymmetrical coalition of political groups in the European Parliament wants to whitewash historical facts and undermine EU solidarity by equating the murderous Nazi regime with socialist and communist ideals of equality and justice.

GUE/NGL is pleased to announce its nominations for the European Parliament’s 2019 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought – three symbols of resistance against the violations of human rights in Brazil.

They are Marielle Franco (posthumous), Claudelice Silva dos Santos and Chief Raoni.

On September 18, the US Embassy in Moscow was where the delivery ceremony took place of 16 valuable historical documents, which had been stolen from Russian archives in the 1990s and eventually surfaced in the United States. The event was attended by representatives of the Russian Ministry of Culture, the Federal Customs Service of Russia and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia. These documents include the executive orders on the awarding of imperial decorations (orders) signed by Emperor Nicholas II, which were issued in one copy and were never published.

The class unions of Greece responded  to the call of PAME and thousands demonstrated on September 17 against the anti-trade union attack of the new Government of Greece.

The new Government of ND, using the anti-trade union legislation of the SYRIZA Government, wants to impose electronic registry for all union members, thus giving the employers, the police and the state the information of all militants and union members. Also they want to abolish the collective procedures of the unions, by imposing e-voting for all union decisions.

Three-and-a-half years on from the Brexit referendum, we are still in the dark as to how or if the United Kingdom will leave the European Union.

It was supposed to be 29th March 2019, and then it was pushed back to early April and now, with another deadline looming on 31st October 2019, no one knows what will happen.

Before today’s vote on Christine Lagarde’s nomination as head of the European Central Bank, we offer you 8 good reasons why she is unsuitable for the post.

1) PLENARY NO-SHOW!

By snubbing the Parliament’s vote on her own appointment, Lagarde has shown massive disrespect for citizens and democracy.

If she cannot be bothered, why should anyone approve her mandate?

At the 80th anniversary of the beginning of World War II, the Portuguese Council for Peace and Cooperation recalls the brutal consequences of what was the most violent and bloody military conflict in history, triggered by Nazi Germany, fascist Italy and militaristic Japan, responsible for the loss of more than 50 million lives and tens of millions of injured.

Nazi-fascism was responsible for numerous crimes, such as the mass extermination of populations and prisoners in concentration camps, the imposition of forced labour, the systematic destruction of economic and social infrastructure and cultural heritage.

'While Brexit understandably dominated many of the debates at the TUC conference, other vital issues were neglected to a worrying extent', Andy Bain told the Communist Party's political committee on Wednesday evening.

He praised the efforts of some unions and delegates in Brighton this week to focus more on austerity, public services, manufacturing and the urgent need to boost investment in technology, public transport, housing and other aspects of Britain's inadequate infrastructure. In particular, the CP trade union organiser highlighted the TUC's failure to campaign for the ambitious 'New Deal' package of economic policies agreed 12 months ago. 'The renewed commitment to this radical project must now be backed up with action', he remarked, pointing out that workers have shown through recent strikes and solidarity activities that they can be mobilised for a fight-back.

Today, the European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced the proposed portfolios of the nominees for the commissioner positions.

While the nominees were announced today, they have not been appointed yet – the European Parliament must still make the final decision on each of them.

The 32nd Pancyprian Festival of Youth and Students of the United Democratic Youth Organization (EDON) took place on July 3-5 at the Famagusta Gate Moat in Nicosia, Cyprus with thousands of participants. On the last day of the Festival, Andros Kyprianou, General Secretary of the C.C. of the Progressive Party of the Working People (AKEL), took the floor.

The European Union cannot be reformed in the interests of the workers and peoples of Europe, insisted an international panel of speakers at the huge 'Avante!' festival near Lisbon, Portugal, at the weekend.

Neoklis Sylikiotis of Progressive Party of the Working People of Cyprus (AKEL) told the open-air meeting on Saturday evening that the EU had produced a Europe in which 16 million workers were unemployed - more than 7 per cent in the euro area - and 110m people lived in poverty, while the EU Commission-European Central Bank-IMF 'Troika' had imposed sweeping austerity and privatisation measures in order to bail out the banks.

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